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California Air Resources Board News Clips for August 1, 2011. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION Coal, Power Plants Blamed For Almost Half Of Industrial Air Pollution. The most toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plants can be found in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, according to a new study released by the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council and Physicians for Social Responsibility. The study, "Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States," used public data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Toxics Release Inventory, a national database of toxic emissions reported by industrial sources. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/fdcp?unique=1312223211915 EPA Targets Air Pollution From Gas Drilling Boom. Washington—Faced with a natural gas drilling boom that has sullied the air in some parts of the country, the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed for the first time to control air pollution at oil and gas wells, particularly those drilled using a method called hydraulic fracturing. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_18568957 CLIMATE CHANGE NJ Figures In Dispute Over Cap-And-Trade Success. New Jersey's expected pullout from a 10-state pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is among the latest developments in a nationwide dispute over whether cap-and-trade programs work and what limitations states should place on energy producers to curb the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CAP_AND_TRADE?SITE=ILMOL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal-government/nj-figures-in-dispute-nationwide-over-cap-and-trade-to-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions/2011/07/30/gIQAFhDWjI_story.html http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/30/2483019/nj-figures-in-dispute-over-cap.html#storylink=misearch http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/30/nj-figures-in-dispute-over-cap-and-trade-success/ How Business Thrives in a 'Carbon Nation' I met Peter Byck in 2008, when he was making his documentary “Carbon Nation,” which focuses on climate-change solutions happening today from people of all occupations and political stripes -- some of whom don't even believe in climate change. (I have a cameo role in the film.) It’s an upbeat, business-focused film that aims to be non-preachy and non-partisan about how the U.S. can achieve national and energy security while promoting health and a clean environment. Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/08/01/idUS36044842620110801 Obstacles to Capturing Carbon Gas. Can the world use fossil fuels and protect the climate too? That is the goal of carbon capture and sequestration, which is a process for trapping carbon dioxide before it reaches the atmosphere and then pumping it underground, or under the seabed. The process is already used by oil and natural gas companies like BP and Statoil at sites like In Salah, Algeria. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/business/global/obstacles-to-capturing-carbon-gas.html?scp=6&sq=fuels&st=cse Skeptic's Small Cloud Study Renews Climate Rancor. A study on how much heat in Earth's atmosphere is caused by cloud cover has heated up the climate change blogosphere even as it is dismissed by many scientists. Several mainstream climate scientists call the study's conclusions off-base and overstated. Climate change skeptics, most of whom are not scientists, are touting the study, saying it blasts gaping holes in global warming theory and shows that future warming will be less than feared. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_18577860 Climate Scientists Blow Gaping Hole In ‘NASA Data’ Paper. The climate denier blogosphere is going mad over a new paper that supposedly "should dramatically alter the global warming debate" by showing that "far less heat is being trapped than alarmist computer models have predicted." Posted. http://www.grist.org/climate-skeptics/2011-07-29-climate-scientists-blow-gaping-hole-in-nasa-data-paper-by-ideolo FUELS New Mileage Standards Aim For Less Fuel, Pollution. President Barack Obama and automakers ushered in what could be the largest cut in fuel consumption since the 1970s on Friday with a deal that would save drivers money at the pump and dramatically cut heat-trapping gases coming from tailpipes. The agreement pledges to double overall fuel economy to 54.5 mpg by 2025, bringing even greater under-the-hood changes to the nation's autos starting in model year 2017 and introduce more electric and hybrid technology to pickup trucks. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_OBAMA_FUEL_ECONOMY?SITE=VAWAY&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.fresnobee.com/2011/07/29/2482210/new-mileage-standards-aim-for.html#storylink=misearch http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/jul/29/president-to-announce-deal-to-boost-fuel-economy/ http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110729/A_NEWS/110729870&cid=sitesearch Obama Fuel-Use Goal Puts Automakers Ahead of Pace: Cars. When President Barack Obama proposed new fuel-economy standards today, he set a pace that's more aggressive than the industry has managed in the past four years -- or for any sustained period in the last 100. With the introduction of cars such Nissan Motor Co.'s electric Leaf and the proliferation of Toyota Motor Corp.'s hybrid Prius, fuel efficiency has gained almost 2 percent a year on average since 2007, according to U.S. data. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/07/31/bloomberg1376-LP2KUQ0D9L3501-7O6NGEG4NO0E8255FRAH978O83.DTL&type=printable Obama, Auto Industry Agree On Tough Mileage Improvement. Aligning themselves with California in its fight against global warming, the Obama administration and automakers on Friday announced an agreement to dramatically increase mileage standards and cut greenhouse gas emissions from new cars by about half in the next 15 years. The average new car in 2025 would get overall gas mileage of 54.5 miles per gallon in 2025, compared with nearly 30 mpg today. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_18578961 VEHICLES Fuel Cells Not Practical Until 2020 Or Later -- GM CEO. General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson again pushed back his company's timeline for bringing vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells to the market yesterday. In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria, Akerson said GM is continuing to study the technology, which it has been testing for more than a decade, but he does not think it will become practical until 2020 at the earliest. "We're looking at hydrogen fuel cells, which have no carbon emissions, zero. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/08/01/9 BY PAID SUBSCRIPTION GREEN ENERGY Germany Sees Thousands of Miles of New Power Lines on Its Road to Renewable Energy. A "no-nuclear" Germany would have to build more than 2,800 miles of new high-voltage transmission lines to achieve its new goal of doubling its current renewable power capacity to reach 35 percent by 2020. And it would have to keep building from there, according to analyses of its new national energy plan adopted in July. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/cwire/2011/08/01/01climatewire-germany-sees-thousands-of-miles-of-new-power-43095.html?pagewanted=print Museum Shows History and Power of Wind Energy. A century ago, Texas was covered with windmills, which pumped water from aquifers so cattle could drink and gardens could grow. Thousands of these old-style models still exist in remote pastures, but in recent years far taller and more powerful turbines have sprouted atop western mesas, transforming this oil and gas state into the national leader in wind-generated electrical power. This evolution is on display at the American Wind Power Center in Lubbock, which bills itself as the world’s largest windmill museum. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/31/us/31ttwindmill.html NASA Going Green With Solar-Powered Jupiter Probe. Cape Canaveral, Fla. -- NASA's upcoming mission to Jupiter can't get much greener than this: a solar-powered, windmill-shaped spacecraft. The robotic explorer Juno is set to become the most distant probe ever powered by the sun. Juno is equipped with three tractor-trailer-size solar panels for its 2 billion-mile journey into the outer solar system. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_18594251 Coming Together To Pray, And Find Reduced-Rate Energy Deals. Like manna from heaven, thousands of dollars in new revenue is raining on a group of congregations here from the unlikeliest of sources: the utility bill. The windfall arose after 11 churches and a nonprofit youth group got together to solicit reduced-rate bids for electricity -- most of it from renewable energy sources -- from local suppliers. In the first year of its contract, which ends in May, the group expects combined savings of nearly $100,000. Posted. http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18586933 California Still Green. The state that started it all -- California – is still at it. The Golden State, which started the modern renewable energy era and now has the most aggressive program in the country, is still at it. The state that started it all -- California – is still at it. The Golden State, which started the modern renewable energy era and now has the most aggressive program in the country, is still at it. A new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California  (PPIC) was just released. Posted. http://www.renewablesbiz.com/print/230153 MISCELLANEOUS Garden Project Sets New Green-Energy Standards. Developers say the Gardens by the Bay project in Singapore, estimated to cost 1 billion Singaporean dollars, or $810 million, will set new standards for using sustainable energy in an integrated power system. A showpiece of Singapore's Garden by the Bay will be 18 manmade trees whose steel trunks will be vertical gardens planted with indigenous ferns, orchids and other climbers. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/29/business/global/garden-project-sets-new-green-energy-standards.html?scp=2&sq=green%20energy&st=cse EPA To Consider New Tests On Bisphenol A. The Environmental Protection Agency announced July 26 that it is seeking public comment on possible toxicity testing and environmental sampling for bisphenol A. Also called BPA, the chemical is used as a plastics hardener. Many products that are clear and also plastic often have BPA. They include eyeglasses, toys, cases and more. The chemical is also used as a protective food can lining. It's used in epoxy paints and coatings. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/01/v-print/3808257/epa-to-consider-new-tests-on-bisphenol.html OPINIONS Commentary: California's Fuel Economy Triumph Deserves Praise. In a stunning turnaround, most of the American and foreign auto industry has agreed to strict nationwide fuel standards that will double gasoline mileage by 2025. On Friday, President Barack Obama, the state of California and major automakers – with the notable exceptions of Volkswagen and Daimler, which makes Mercedes – announced the accord covering models starting in 2017 and extending through 2025. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/01/v-print/3808806/commentary-californias-fuel-economy.html http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/31/v-print/3804654/california-deserves-credit-for.html Mercury News Editorial: Thank California For New U.S. Fuel Standards. When President Barack Obama announced an agreement to double fuel-economy requirements Friday, standing with him were industry executives and environmental, public health and labor leaders, all of whom, remarkably, had signed off on the deal. But the real credit for this historic achievement, which is expected to cut oil consumption by 1.5 million barrels per day and eliminate half of all carbon pollution nationwide, doesn't go to the White House. Instead, thank California. Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_18579788 http://www.contracostatimes.com/opinion/ci_18579507 http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18579505?IADID=Search-www.insidebayarea.com-www.insidebayarea.com Mercury News Editorial: Delta Is Highly Vulnerable To Climate Change. Palo Alto Sen. Joe Simitian calls the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta "California's Katrina waiting to happen." Climatologist Heidi Cullen, in a National Public Radio interview last week, identified the Delta as one of the five regions in the nation most vulnerable to climate change. She said with conviction that "California's water supply is ... at tremendous risk." Posted. http://www.mercurynews.com/fdcp?unique=1312224577162 Small Country That Became A Big Leader. For the last 200 years, the United States has been considered the engine of the world’s progress. While traveling the world I’ve noticed that each continent has its own character – Europe is history and culture, Africa is nature and wildlife, and North America is technology and progress. Posted. http://www.environmentalleader.com/2011/08/01/small-country-that-became-a-big-leader/ Sizing Up Obama's Fuel Economy Standards. Do President Obama's vehicle fuel-economy standards strike the right balance? Last week, the White House announced a deal with the nation's automakers to ramp up the standards 65 percent by 2025, from the current 35.5 miles per gallon to 54.5 mpg. Posted. http://energy.nationaljournal.com/2011/08/sizing-up-obamas-fuel-economy.php?rss=1 BLOGS Jerry Brown Declares Detroit ‘Finally’ On Board On Air Standards. Gov. Jerry Brown declared Friday that "the auto companies have finally come on board" in support of tough air pollution standards California has long pushed. Brown made his comments in a conference call to reporters, where he praised the Obama administration's announcement that auto makers had agreed to double the fuel economy standards of vehicles sold in the United States to a fleet-wide average of 54.5 miles per gallon by the year 2025. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2011/07/jerry-brown-declares-detroit-has-finally-come-on-board.html Gas Must Hit $4.50 To Make Electric Cars Cost-Effective. Harvard University’s Belfer Center has released a study arguing that Americans will eventually buy electric cars, but for now the green vehicles remain more expensive than conventional gas-powered automobiles, even when gasoline is taken into account. Due to the high cost of electric car batteries, the study authors, Henry Lee and Grant Lovellette, allowed that electric vehicles currently cost between $4819-$5377 more than conventional vehicles over the life of the car. Posted. http://www.sfexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/07/gas-must-hit-450-make-electric-cars-cost-effective#ixzz1TlvPqt7I California's Air Board Bows To The US Navy. California is posturing over the use of low sulfur in main and auxiliary engines. Industry technocrats say that the Air Resources Board has bowed to pressure from the Navy to "get commercial ships the heck out of the Point Mugu missile range" and so has extended the boundary of the enforced use of low sulfur to 24 nautical miles BEYOND the Channel Islands (Santa Catalina and the rest of the eight islands). The aim is to get ships back into the Santa Barbara Channel. Posted. http://www.maritimeprofessional.com/Blogs/Martin-Rushmere/July-2011/California-s-air-board-bows-to-the-US-Navy.aspx President Obama Announces 54.5 Mpge, 163 Gco2/Mile Target For MY2025 Light-Duty Vehicles; California On Board. President Barack Obama announced an agreement with 13 major automakers to pursue the next phase in the Administration’s national vehicle program (earlier post), increasing fuel economy to a fleetwide average 54.5 mpge (miles per gallon equivalent) (4.32 L/100km) or 163 g/mile of CO2for cars and light-duty trucks by Model Year 2025. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/07/obama-20110729.html